On tonight’s 16 and Pregnant premiere, we met Jenelle, who was 100 percent positive that she wanted to keep her child — even though her mother had recommended both abortion and adoption. Remote Control followed up with Jenelle to find out what factored into her decision and to see where she’s at now with her family, as well as Baby Jace’s father. Check out her update below…
I chose to keep Jace because it was my responsibility. I was the one who had sex. If I gave him up for adoption, I would have felt selfish because I knew I could have taken care of him. And abortion just sounded so harsh.
When my mom found out I was pregnant, she really pushed for me to have an abortion. She tried to explain how hard it was going to be to raise a child. A couple of months later, when it was too late for an abortion, she suggested adoption. Regardless, I stressed to her that neither of those plans were an option for me. (I honestly thought it was going to be a piece of cake taking care of a baby! The reality? It’s like having only 24 hours to swim across the world.)
My mother and her boyfriend watch Jace on Friday or Saturday nights. Those are the days they let me go out with my friends and have some time to myself. Other than that, I watch him every day. I used to relate a lot to Farrah’s story on Teen Mom, but I’ve cut back a lot on going out at night. I realized partying gets old fast. It’s not even fun to me anymore.
Andrew and I are currently not speaking to each other. Since Jace was born, he has only visited him three times. What I want more than anything now is for Jace to have a father figure in his life. And of course, I want him to get everything he needs and be the happiest baby alive.
I have no regrets, just memories.